Limits of Mind

I remember when I was a kid, we used to play this game. I don’t remember what it was called, but it went something like this:

One person says, “Infiniti”, the other says, “Infiniti +1”, the first person says “Infiniti+Infiniti”, the other one says, “InfinitixInfiniti”, and so and so forth, until one says a bigger number and the other gives up.

Now, in a very narrow, silly way, you could look at the ancient world as a variant of this game.

One person believes in the god of a tree, another believes in a god of the forest, another believes in a god of life, and so on and so forth.

An interesting aspect of this process, is that rather than go on forever, as the game I played as a kid could, this one reaches some limits.

It’s not possible to believe in anything more powerful than one god.

It’s not possible to believe in anything more evil than a devil.

It’s not possible to believe in a better fate than heaven.

It’s not possible to believe in a worse fate than hell.

And while this doesn’t imply much about the reality of the beliefs themselves, it does reveal that are some fundamental limits to the mind as to what is possible to conceive and believe.

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  1. Yes, but you can believe in several levels of gods, devils, good and evil. How about an organic generator for gods, something like earth for gods. Is the thing that creates something else necessarily more powerful the thing it creates, even in the long term? Can we become more powerful than God, even if God is the creator? That was the question the devil asked. Do you want to ask it? What if the thing that creates you is your mother and father. Are you more powerful than either your mother or father, but perhaps not both?

    1. Organic generator? Isn’t the whole definition of God inclusive of generation? You forget that God is said to be self begotten. Or if not self begotten, unbegotten.

  2. I view God as something more wonderous than a direct cyclic graph with weighted connectivity between all the nodes and arcs, AKA a Bayesian network. If this material world is particle/wave, what are symbols?

  3. Hui Shi had many formulae and his writings filled five carts, but his guiding doctrine was incoherent and his language didn’t get the point. He catalogued the significance of natural kinds. He said:
    ‘The ultimately great has nothing outside it, call it “the greatest One”. The ultimately small has nothing inside it, call it ”the smallest one”.
    ‘That which has no thickness cannot be accumulated, yet it’s amounts to a thousand miles.
    ‘The sky is on a par with the earth; mountains are level with the marshes.
    ‘The sun is simultaneously at the center and declining; natural kinds are simultaneously living and dying.
    ‘Make unity great and with it a lesser unity differs. This we call the lesser unity and difference. The myriad natural kinds are totally the same and totally different. This we call the great similarity and difference.

    ‘THE SOUTH HAS NO LIMIT YET HAS A LIMIT”. (Or: Boundary finds exceeding prospect, yet deficiency limits.)

    ‘I go to Yue today yet arrived yesterday.’
    ‘Linked rings can be disconnected.
    ‘I know the center of the world; north of Yen (northern region) and south of Yue (southern region); it is this-here-now.
    ‘Exhaustively love all the myriad thing-kinds; The cosmos is one unit.’

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